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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States
whitebirchbrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Adam Romanow is our third brewer apprentice. His release is an exploration into a newer beer style, the Black IPA. Black as night, bitter, with a full flavored Cascade hop profile and smooth finish.

Named after Nyx, the mythological Greek goddess of night, who stood at the beginning of creation. As a beginning, we agree Adam is on to something. As he moves on, we raise a toast and hope you enjoy his beer as much as we do.

Added by OldIronLungs on 04-15-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
117
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
8.96%
 
 
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Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights, yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Light pine hop nose. Flavor is roasted coffee and pine hops. Unusual black ale, the 103 IBUs are balanced by the malts. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Bottled Apr 2011, batch 1. $7.99 for a 22oz bottle, from Concord Cooperative Concord, NH.

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Photo of c58crtde
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally a solid offering from White Birch Brewing. Quality control seemed to be the main problem with the brewery, but this beer was great. Not sessionable at all, but thats because of style only. I don't really understand the "Black IPA" thing, seemed more like a hoppy roasted Porter to me.

Good stuff

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Boatshoes! Split with Ryan011235.

Bottled April 2011, Batch one, 1065 bottles, 7.0% abv, poured into an E&J Cask and Cream glass.

Appearance
Wow, this stuff pours out like a porter or American stout. Its very thick, especially for the style. There is a tall, dense and dark colored head with great staying power but only broken lace. The beer is deep, dark and thick looking.

Aroma
Lots of roasted malts give off the typical dark coffee, black chocolate, ash and char. Furthermore, there is a chocolate chip cookie aroma that is quite nice. There is a stiff pine aroma. I wonder what this beer was like a month and a half ago. The hops combine with the roastiness to create a lot of spiciness, especially when cold. The hops are bursting from this beer like they should, but this beer could be fresher also.

Taste
This is pretty good, but I think there is a little bit of hop fade. Its still very bitter, but the sweet citrus flashes and pine resinousness are toned back, giving way to bitterness by blackened malts.

Mouthfeel
The thick body was not a surprise after seeing the weight of this beer on the pour. It has a long, ashy dry finish with low, soft carbonation.

Overall
I like this one. Its very bitter at times, but my palate quickly adjusted and the beer became quite enjoyable. But there is little in the way of balance. Its all bitter roasted malts and bitter piney hops. Totally a good offering from White Birch though.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Formaggio Kitchen, Cambridge, MA. Batch One, Bottled April 2011, Bottle Count 1065.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head dwindles over time, with leggy, sticky lacing. Aroma is rich deep dark malts. Taste starts sweet as well, anise and blackstrap coupled with some hops bitterness in the middle, closes with a peek of citrus and some more bitter, which lingers on the palate. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is okay as well. A little too rough around the edges for me, but still pretty good overall.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 6/15/11

Thanks to MbpBugeye for sharing.

Bottled April 2011, Batch #1

Pours a slow, inky dark brown. Medium-dark brown foam rises quickly to nearly two fingers. Thin retention but a decent bit of lace.

Smells dark and roasty; a touch of the tangy roast, too. Some semi-sweet chocolate notes. Quite piney - dry pine resin, pine needles and sappy pine tree forests. Earthy undertones. Stray citric spots and coffee beans.

The flavor profile is strewn across the place. Starts off hoppy, mostly piney and bitter. The bitterness lingers throughout. Lots of thick, roasted malts. Bitter chocolate. Burnt, ashy flavors are compounded on the finish. Some folks might not like the potent ashy character, but I am fond of such things. Bitter coffee finish.

Full body with a smooth, almost silky feel. Rather viscous for the style. The feel is offset by frisky carbonation.

Nyx is very much on the stout side of this pseudo-style. It has the bitter/burnt/ash combo that I dig.

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Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Very classic black ale. Would prefer something softer and hoppier or maybe not as bitter as aftertaste is fairly sharp w a touch of alcohol bite. Not bad though and reasonable at $8 for a 22. Just not unique in any way.

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Photo of Thads324
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : pours black as night. A big frothy and dark tan head. Lots of lacing on this puppy. Can't find a date on the bottle.

S : a bit of roasted malt and chocolate. Musty and earthy hops are subdued and though not overpowering it's inviting. Let's the malts shine right alongside them.

T : an odd mixture in the beginning of spicy and earthy hops and a coffee taste. A bit of an overly sharp roasted flavor in the middle merges with a bitter hop at the end.

M : a low carbonation and smooth feeling overall. Very nice with the flavors. Easy drinking for the alcohol, although a tad bit warming.

Pretty nice, and one of the better black ipas I've come across. Glad I got to try it. Well balanced with great color and head.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 12/1/2014 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a becker pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee and touches of citrus and hops.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of chocolate, coffee and citrus sweetness that are quickly followed by a strong hops bitterness and a hearty roasted malt character. An intense dryness throws the balance off somewhat. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry and sticky, possibly the driest beer I’ve ever had.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, there are definitely better options within the style.

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Photo of silentjay
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours thick for the style and deeep black with a dark mocha head thats not too sizable, but dense, lasts a while and laces well. looks like an imperial stout.

rather faint aroma, but what is there is nice, very floral, piney and a bit citric from the hops, with a great roasty backbone of malt. would be better if a bit stronger.

nice balance. starts with some juicy citrus hops, a decent amount of bitterness, which is quickly tackled by some sweetness and roast. lots of coffee and then some pine on the finish. as it warms it acquires a leafy tobacco flavor that isn't terribly pleasant, but is commonly found in the style.

kind of creamy for the style, but with very little carbonation (has been a problem with my White Birch experience) that is this beer's weak point.

a nice beer. does not displace my favorites of the style, but a good one. nice roast and a tasty, yet subdued hop flavor.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Batch One, bottled in April of 2010. Poured into a Dogfish Head snifter and enjoyed over the course of an hour or so.

Appearance: Pitch black in color with an expansive, dark brown head. Head is around two fingers and really recedes into a nice thick lacing. Sticks nicely to the glass.

Aroma: The cascade hops really are strong. Almost all pine notes, with just a slight touch of grapefruit. Some smoke and roasted malt on top.

Taste: Roasted coffee and dark chocolate really make up the malt portion of this beer. Really big pine notes completely overwhelm the roasted notes at times. The hops are a touch out of control but work nicely in portraying the style. Big and bold, but not overly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a tad sticky. Some oily feel there as well. Plenty of carbonation to lighten up the large flavors.

Overall, a really big bold beer. The hops are exceedingly bitter and heavy but it fits nicely into this style. A nice foray that has its boldness as both its biggest strength and biggest weakness.

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Photo of MDHopster
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: black with a foamy head similar to Coca-Cola coloring ad a bit long lived. Nice lattice cling to glass

S: dank, but hoppy, slightly rye like

T: like a fine dark bittersweet chocolate, lingers without unpleasant aftertaste

M: smooth but slightly carbonated bringing out the bitters

O: makes me want to investigate more of this brewers offerings. Would definitely buy again.

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Photo of albern
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours like thick sludge, its great. It has a really thick, glopy head, that retains like crazy and laces all over the glass in billows of puffiness. This beer is an attractive beer and the really dark head is just wonderfully enticing. The nose is malty, somewhat subdued, a bit like a cacao shake, lots of dark malts. The nose is good.

This has many similar characteristics to an imperial stout, minus the oakiness. There is a very charred, biting, hoppiness to the beer, there is a slight booziness, and a rather acerbic caramel strain in the taste. There are plenty of dark roasted, slightly charred malts in the beer, it is plenty creamy, medium to full bodied. The beer is slightly biting and the leafy somewhat coarse hops linger a bit longer into the finish than is warranted. This beer makes a statement and is not withering violet. It's good, creamy, thick, biting, very imperial-stout like, slightly boozy, and full palated. This is worth seeking out.

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Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is as thick and dark as an Imperial Stout, rich and heavy-looking. It's completely solid, letting no light in. The rich medium-brown head is creamy and dense, sitting nearly two full fingers tall and settling with some reluctance. As the beer is emptied from the glass, creamy sheeting is left in its wake.
This aroma has the goods, and I wish it was a little stronger but it's fantastic besides that. There's roast and pine, co-mingling in an excellent way. There's very little char but just a touch, with a peaty note to it. Some citrus zest sneaks out some bitterness, too.
The flavors mingle as nicely in the flavor, with some more dryness on the tongue in an herbal leaf note with a touch of chalkiness. Otherwise, the pine brings a resinous note, but the dryness of the bitterness is cut by the malts and a little citrus juice. The end is woody and brings together the overlying roastiness with the leaf and pine.
The body is on the fuller side of medium. Carbonation is light but there's a nice bite of crispness. The mouthfeel is dry but clean, no harsh residuals on the end as the roast eases away from being too charred. There's a brightness that evens out the drier tones.

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Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated April 2011. Batch one. Whoops!

A: Black pour with a big dense dark brown head. Looks a lot heavier than just 7%. Fades slowly, leaving pretty excellent lacework behind. Excellent head retention to boot.

S: Creamy roasted malt, heavy on the chocolate and the anise. I think the hops are pretty much dead at this point but there is a very light grapefruit and pine aroma.

T: Decent resin and a bit of pine. Creamy with some bitter chocolate and char. A bit of bitterness from the hops shows up in the middle, surprising. Lots of anise and resin in the finish and lingering for a long time in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, a bit drying in the aftertaste.

O: Heh, not a bad Black IPA after a year and a half. Pine is pretty subdued but resin is still decent. It was quite drinkable and tasty. Will have to find a fresh bottle of this someday.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a dfh snifter

A: dark dark brown, pretty much black with a nice creamy dark brown chocolaty brown head that leavs a good amount of lacing, a very nice looking beer.

S: pleanty of roast and creamy chocolatyness, touch of smoke in there as well, the hops seem a bit set back, although present, there is deffinatly some pine I. There with the roast and smoke. And some vague notes of citrus hoppage. It seem atleast through the very pleasant aroma, that the malts are more on display here then the hops.

T: oh boy the flavor deffinatly says otherwise, the hops are at attention here, resinous pine fights through the milk chocolate and roasty coffe notes, I get more bitter earthy hops then I do citrus hops here , blended in with the light smoke, there is a touch of grapefruit in there though, particuarly on the finish, seems to be the opposite of the nose, I feel like the hops are more forward in the flavor, to
The point where I feel maybe if they were toned down a hair we might get more
Malt deliciousness.

M: light medium body with a touch of creamyness the feel borders between an ipa and a porter and is nicley drinkable.... Dry on the finish with a touch of lingering chared flavor and bitterness.

O: a good black ipa, nice malt character and pleanty of tasty hops, deffinatly worth trying if you enjoy this style.

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Photo of fdig23
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle

Appearance: deep black in the center turning to brown around the edges. Huge tan head.

Nose: Kinda subdued, bitter chocolate, orange and lemon, some pine needle, caramel underneath

Taste: Much more sophisticated than other Black Ales I've tried. Burnt, peat tasting malts, dark chocolate balanced by bitter pine and grapefruit. Finishes with more burnt grains.

Mouthfeel: A bit too carbonated for me.

Overall: Really nice black ale. Haven't had too many in this style, but this one ranks up there with the best examples I've tasted.

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Photo of DPJ3322
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz into a snifter.

Appearance - Poured into a snifter, dark, viscous black body with a tan head that wisps on the edges.

Smell - By far the best aspect of this beer. Coca nibs upfront, a little chocolate too. Outstanding, delizioso.

Taste - Overwhelming roasty, malty notes. Very nice, simple but enjoyable to the nth degree.

Mouthfeel - Not exceptionally heavy kind of light.

Overall - A great beer whose greatest strength is in the smell, very nice I like it.

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Photo of smcolw
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours the color of motor oil. Light does not shine through the glass. Thick beige head. Great coating of lace after each sip.

Strong cocoa and dark chocolate aroma.

This is very similar to stout taste wise. Burnt toast marks the predominant flavor. Bitter beginning, middle and end--all from the black patent malt. Richer body than the typical stout. There's a bit of alcohol oiliness on the tongue. The aftertaste is of powdered, unsweetened cocoa.

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Photo of portia99
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (Batch 1 - April 2011) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours from the bottle very thick...appears more to be an imperial stout on the pour than a black ale. Thick, syrupy/oily with a short finger of cappuccino foam with pretty good staying power. Light foamy lacing left on the glass.

S - Smells somewhat stouty also. Very, very roasty, black coffee, chocolate syrup, citrusy hops. Definitely has a strong hop presence appropriate to the style.

T - Sugary sweet, extremely bitter in a roasted, burnt toast way. Serious black coffee notes with dark mocha/chocolately flavors too. Hops are fruity and citrusy. A decent amount of grainy astringency.

M - Thicker than medium bodied...astringent super dark roastiness. A bit over the top on the burnt character. This is sharp and acrid and more than a little bit smokey.

O - Given the newness of this style, I suppose it still has some room for interpretation and development of defining characteristics of the best examples of the style. I've had a number of these black ales and this one stands out as a bit unique - the body is much fuller, the roast is over the top and really leaves a lasting impression. I think the aroma is this beer's high point. Flavor is good, but I'd prefer a bit less of a charcoal aspect to this...toned down just a notch, this would really be quite tasty.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer was very enjoyable. Great taste, smooth on the feel, but a bit bitter to the taste. Very good. Will Revisit. White Birch has some very good beers.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 11/2015. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark/roast/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Medium pine and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/roast/bready malt flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance and zero astringent hop/roast flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from hop/roast bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/sticky/resinous, and lightly chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Black IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/roast/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber that we picked up at the brewery. Served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a very dark chestnut brown coloring that is almost black. Thin, filmy, light brown colored head that starts around an inch, but quickly settles into a filmy coating on the surface. Aromas of smoke and rich malt balance well, with a coffee and cocoa nib throughout. Flavors are rich and roasted, with a solid smoke highlight and a subtle, resiny, hopped backbone that intertwines throughout. Roasted coffee and cocoa nib are present once again on the palate. Very tasty. The aftertaste is more of the smoke and roast, with a touch of coffee. The finish is slightly dry and bitter, with a linger of smoke. Delicious!!

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - black and syrupy looking with a fine bubbled head leaving plenty of lacing.
S - chocolate and dark smoky malts and piercing hops that light up your nose.
T - hard hitting hops right up front with a big malty sweet middle and a lingering hoppy bite in the finish. Plenty of dark roasted malts give it a smoky flavor.
M - I would like a little more carbonation to break the thickness and resin coating left behind but the fullness is nice.
A nice hoppy dark offering of pleasing drinkability.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the open house and today decided to open one of the bottles I bought then.
Pours a solid black color with a fluffy khaki head that slowly recedes to a ring on top. Smells of roast and hints of chocolate mixed with pine and citrus and a slight bit phenols. Taste is roasty with dark chocolate and hint of molasses. Bitter piney hop resin cuts through the roast very nicely. The finish leaves a long lingering hop and roasted grain thickly on my palette. Medium to thick body, moderate level of carbonation, creamy resinous mouthfeel. I seemed to notice the roasted grains a lot more from this bottle than I remember from the open house. Its possible a little age brought the roast out a little more. This beer blurs that line between IPA and stout in fact if you gave me this and told me it was a hoppy stout I wouldn't have argued with you. Tasty brew no matter what you call it.

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Photo of ottovon
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

shared by whiterascal.

A: pours out a dark brown with a brown head.

S: roasty and dark chocolate with hints of fruit. there is also a lot of citrus hops.

T: i get roasted malt, dark chocolate, and bitter coffee. there is some molasses at first and then a nice fruity hop flavor. finishes bitter and dry like dark chocolate or baking chocolate. There is citrus and piney hop flavors.

M: medium body with a good amount of carb.

O: a good beer. The roasty malt and citrus, fruity hops go well together.

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